Knott's continues work on 2003 additions, Xcelerator mods

Posted Monday, March 24, 2003 3:32 AM | Contributed by SpongeBob

Joe Cool's GR8 SK8 is nearly complete. The new Camp Snoopy Theatre is under construction, as seating was added. Modification continues on Xcelerator with the addition of new supports.

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Monday, March 24, 2003 3:49 AM
Weird how every Intamin coaster now needs more supports. Goliath needs more, what's next? Millie? TTD?

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Monday, March 24, 2003 4:27 AM
How do you figure "every" coaster needs more supports?

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Monday, March 24, 2003 4:36 AM
Just curious, any more details as to why exactly they found they needed to add more supports? Did they find signs of stress, or maybe just from furthering their knowledge when designing TTD?
What are they doing to the trains?
Monday, March 24, 2003 4:48 AM
I don't think theyre doing it for structural reasons. I think its to keep the ride from shaking so violently. I'm not sure it's not too harmful to the ride, but it shakes worse than WT! I see new welds on the top hat supports almost every time I go (once a week). Most people see it shake and go "now way in hell is that safe, Im not riding!". Thats why you can see 2 hour lines on Boomerang and Ghostrider, and Xcel is still under a 15 minute wait. And Xcels yellow train is just down for rehab, Purple just had its rehab as well. Also, it's being re-painted to match the press release for the ride- Cherry Red.*** This post was edited by ThePhantomLives 3/24/2003 9:50:01 AM ***
Monday, March 24, 2003 10:17 AM
A roller coaster that requires less maintaince costs more money to build. Catch 22...

All steel roller coasters I've seen no matter who makes it or runs it requires welding from time to time. However, even if Xcelerator was left the way it was built without this modification or welding, it still would last for years and years. The reason they waste their time welding and doing mods like this is redundant safety and it keeps the strucutural integrety high longer.


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